Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ultimate Paradox

This morning I spent time with Jesus and the crucifixion and I had one of those "aha moments" something that I've always known but never fully connected to in true understanding.

I saw Jesus standing there on trial before his people: the religious leaders, the High Priest and his father in law. These were the people that God set apart as being holy and able to lead God's people into greater faithfulness. And, here they were, humiliating, tormenting, and persecuting Jesus, the One that created the Universe.

Jesus, the One that created the Universe was willing to stand before the religious people that he set apart to be humiliated.

Two things speak to me through this realization:
the first is that we must be very careful when we think we know the right way to follow God. It can seem extremely clear and right to us, but we can be a million miles away from what God intends. This is where the High Priest and his gang found themselves.
the second is that Jesus models a different way to walk through life. He shows us that the path of humility and willingness to be humiliated accomplishes God's purposes.

This is my prayer: Jesus, help me to follow you and your ways. I saw you in clarity today as you stood before those that you created, willingly and obediently following the path that your Father set out for you. And, let me never be so sure that they way that I am following you and leading others to follow you is the way! Let us always be looking to you for the way....for you are the way to life.


~L said...

Tamara- Thank you for this. What a great reminder that humility captures God's attention.

"This is the one to whom I will look; he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word." Isaiah 66:2

"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6b

Matt said...

Thanks for this word--"we must be very careful when we think we know the right way to follow God." That's a good warning for us all.
But also, when we are following God and encounter resistance, we don't need to be shocked. Jesus followed the path that God laid out for him and it led through suffering and persecution--but he didn't give up! He continued on in great humility.